Monday, May 28, 2007


A very significant development occurred last night in the case of missing MADELEINE MCCANN. Police incompetency or corruption and a little girl is paying the price. There is no reason to have a police department if it is not to protect and serve. These bozo's apparently have their own motives and agendas and there needs to be an investigation into the malfeasance. And by an investigation, I mean TODAY and not in two years.

Witness in torment over Madeleine.
By Richard Edwards and Fiona Govan in Praia da Luz
Last Updated: 1:23am BST 28/05/2007

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A friend on holiday with the parents of Madeleine McCann is tormented by the belief that she saw her being abducted, it emerged last night.

The woman saw a man carrying a child wrapped in a blanket outside the apartment where Madeleine was taken.

She only realised the significance of the sighting about half an hour later, after Kate McCann raised the alarm that her daughter was missing.

The witness believes the child was wearing the same pink and white pyjamas Madeleine was wearing. She is said to be "racked with guilt" that she did nothing to stop the suspect.

Madeleine was taken from her room in Praia da Luz, on the Algarve, 25 days ago. In the first stage of a campaign to raise awareness of her disappearance across Europe, Mr and Mrs McCann will travel to Rome this week to meet Pope Benedict XVI. They also plan to visit Madrid, Seville, Berlin and Amsterdam.

Meanwhile they continue to await developments from the Portuguese police investigation. Detectives finally issued an appeal on Friday, based on the account of the McCanns' family friend - given to them hours after Madeleine disappeared on May 3.

The woman, who has not been named, joined the McCanns for dinner about 9.30pm.

As she walked past the family's apartment, she saw a man in front of her carrying a child wearing pink pyjamas. He was moving with a "sense of urgency".

A police source said: "She thought it was odd, but thought it was the man's own child. He was walking urgently, neither running nor walking." The McCanns and their friends made regular checks on their children.

At 10pm, Mrs McCann discovered that Madeleine was missing from her bed and raised the alarm. The friend remembered what she had seen and is certain it was Madeleine.

A police source close to the inquiry said: "She has given statements and is back in the UK, feeling dreadfully guilty. She is tormented by it. But the family do not blame her, they feel sorry for her. There is no sense of hostility."

The Portuguese police appeal came only after persistent requests from the McCann family, reinforced by the Chancellor, Gordon Brown, who has had several conversations with them.


McCann friend's guilt at 'not noticing' abduction.
Vanessa Allen In Praia Da Luz 28/05/2007

A WOMAN who believes she saw Madeleine McCann being carried away was racked with guilt last night.

Thinking the tot was the man's own child, the friend of parents Gerry and Kate made no attempt to stop him.

A source said: "The family believe this was Madeleine being taken. The woman feels dreadful guilt that she was the last person to see her and didn't do anything. But the family do not blame her."

Yesterday it was claimed child porn was found on the computer of the only suspect in the case, Briton Robert Murat, 33. The witness was on her way to join Gerry and Kate McCann for dinner near their apartment in Praia da Luz at about 9.30pm on May 3 when she saw the suspect.

He was hurrying away from the area clasping a child wearing pink pyjamas similar to those worn by Madeleine, then three.

The man was white, of medium build, aged 35 to 40 and 5ft 10ins. He wore a blue jacket and beige trousers. Our source said: "The woman thought it was odd but believed it was the man's own child. He was walking urgently, neither running or walking slowly."

Dismissing the thought, the witness went on to dinner. Earlier the McCanns had regularly checked Madeleine and twins Sean and Amelie, two, sleeping in their nearby room.

But at 10pm Kate, 38, discovered Madeleine was missing and frantically raised the alarm.

The friend instantly realised what she had seen and within hours had given a statement and description to the authorities.

But astonishingly the significance of her sighting was apparently missed. The source said: "Officers who took the description did not seem interested. They just seemed to have filed it away.


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